Club Grants

Grants to clubs in the Capital District are the most important way the foundation helps our communities. These grants help mothers in transitional housing, build playgrounds, feed children without enough to eat, support public library and school music programs, fund student leadership and after-school programs, and advance literacy projects. The foundation has awarded grants totaling nearly $130,000 to more than 40 clubs since 2015.”

Grant Guidelines

  1. Projects shall relate to the purpose and mission of the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation.
  2. Clubs are not required to make annual donations to the foundation to be eligible to request grants. However, the committee may give preference to requests from clubs that do so. (Grants that are matched by the requesting Club(s) and/or Organizations will be given higher priority.)
  3. Grant requests shall be received by the following dates:
    1. Cycle 1: Must be received no later than September 15th  
    2. Cycle 2: Must be received no later than March 15th                   
  4. Commitments are made for one (1) cycle only.
    1. If you request an additional grant(s) for the same project, for no more than three (3) consecutive years, a new “Grant Application Request” must be submitted with each request in different cycles.
    2. Clubs, individually or collectively, shall not receive grants more than once every three years. Multi-year requests for a single project are considered a single request for the purpose of calculating the three-year period.
  5. Clubs submitting new requests more than once in a three-year period will have those requests considered after first-time grant requests and so long as the foundation treasurer determines the increase in expenses for grants will not lead to exceeding overall foundation income for the year, excluding transfers of investments.
  6. Notification of the CDKF’s decision will be emailed to applicants no later than two weeks after the Board meeting considering requests.
  7. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation will not consider Grant Applications for less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) individually.
  8. The recipient of the approved Grant(s) shall not spend more than the specified amount for the sole purpose of the project. The Foundation Treasurer shall reimburse the club upon submission of applicable receipts.  Any monies not spent must be returned to the CDKF. If the approved grant(s) for the project requires funding at the beginning of the project, up to 65% of the approved amount may be given upon request and additional increment(s) upon submission of applicable receipts to that point.
  9. Grant recipients must to the Executive Secretary a Project Completion Report within 45 days of the completion date. The report will include copies of all applicable receipts, a complete beginning to end report, all publicity materials and names of all people, clubs and organizations who worked on the project. NOTICE: Failure to email the Project Completion Report to the Executive Secretary within 45 days of project completion will automatically be cause for rejection of any future grant requests.
  10. Continuing projects are to notify the CDKF Executive Secretary every ninety (90) days with a full report on progress to date.